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Selecting Apple Vintage Home Computers

Apple vintage home computers are noteworthy for their role in technology's history. They serve as a reminder of how far development has come since then. There are many different kinds of vintage microcomputers still available to consumers. Some are even functional and usable with more advanced forms of technology. Apple computers offer many microcomputer systems that are now considered vintage.

What Apple vintage home computers are available?

Some vintage home computers that Apple made include computers like the:

  • Apple Macintosh Mac IIsi computer
  • Apple IIc 2c Macintosh computer
  • Apple 2gs computer
  • Apple Macintosh 7600/132 desktop computer
  • Apple Macintosh SE/30 computer
Which desktops are considered to be vintage?

Due to the rapid rate at which technology evolves as well as the fact home systems are still a relatively new form of technology in the world, vintage home microcomputers are often younger than many would expect. The first home computers hit the market around 1975, making this the first year in which a microcomputer could be considered vintage. While no "official" cutoff date exists for this type of collectible, the end of the 1980's is often regarded as the end of vintage microcomputers due to 16-bit and below CPUs starting to be phased out in favor of 32- and eventually 64-bit machines.

What are some vintage microcomputers?

There are a large number of microcomputers that would be considered vintage, with several notable entries on the list due to their contributions to moving technology forward. A few notable vintage home computers are:

  • Apple II: The Apple II 8-bit microcomputer was first released in June of 1977. It was notable for having color graphics, something almost unheard of for home microcomputers of the time.
  • Commodore 64: The Commodore 64 was an 8-bit home microcomputer from 1982. Its defining features of multicolor graphics, a synthesizer chipset, and 64 kilobytes of RAM (from which it takes its name) led it to currently hold the record for the highest number of units sold for any computer.
  • TRS-80: The TRS-80 from the Tandy Corporation dates from 1977. It was unique for its use of a full QWERTY keyboard (a keyboard featuring the full alphabet in the specific order placing the letters QWERTY in the top left corner), its compact size, and for having four kilobytes worth of RAM in a time when this was uncommon.
  • Atari 400/800: Atari's 400 and 800 series microcomputers were first released in 1979 and featured built-in speakers plus a programmable video chip.
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